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1. Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys.: A Memoir
Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys.: A Memoir
by Viv Albertine
4.7 out of 5 stars (65 customer reviews)
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November 25, 2014
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, December 2014: Viv Albertine's memoir is a book is divided almost straight down the middle. Side One is the story of her upbringing in the north London suburb of Muswell Hill: It's the mid-seventies, and the Sex Pistols are at the head ... Read more

2. Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia
Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia
by Peter Pomerantsev
4.3 out of 5 stars (108 customer reviews)
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November 11, 2014
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, November 2014: When the Soviet Union collapsed in the early 90s, the West rejoiced with the relief that came with the end of the Cold War and the possibility of an era of peace and cooperation. At the same time, its corporations ... Read more

3. Bad Paper: Chasing Debt from Wall Street to the Underworld
Bad Paper: Chasing Debt from Wall Street to the Underworld
by Jake Halpern
4.5 out of 5 stars (94 customer reviews)
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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
October 14, 2014
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, October 2014: Everyone knows about collections agencies, but how they actually operate is much more interesting than you probably think. Falling somewhere between Glengarry Glen Ross and Mean Streets, Jake Halpern's Bad Paper introduces us to an economy spanning many shades of ... Read more

4. The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution
The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution
by Walter Isaacson
4.4 out of 5 stars (729 customer reviews)
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October 7, 2014
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, October 2014: Many books have been written about Silicon Valley and the collection of geniuses, eccentrics, and mavericks who launched the “Digital Revolution”; Robert X. Cringely's Accidental Empires and Michael A. Hiltzik's Dealers of Lightning are just two excellent accounts of the ... Read more

5. What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
by Randall Munroe
4.6 out of 5 stars (1,805 customer reviews)
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September 2, 2014
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, September 2014: What if everyone on earth aimed a laser pointer at the moon at the same time? What if you could drain all the water from the oceans? What if all the lightning in the world struck the same place? What ... Read more

6. A Deadly Wandering: A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention
A Deadly Wandering: A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention
by Matt Richtel
4.3 out of 5 stars (152 customer reviews)
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William Morrow
September 23, 2014
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, September 2014: In 2006, a pair of rocket scientists died on a Utah highway, killed in a collision with a student named Reggie Shaw, who had been texting at the time of the accident. A Deadly Wandering uses this moment to launch ... Read more

7. Painted Horses
Painted Horses
by Malcolm Brooks
3.7 out of 5 stars (198 customer reviews)
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August 5, 2014
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, August 2014: It’s tempting to dismiss Malcolm Brooks’s debut as the latest in a series of American epics treading on Cormac McCarthy territory: The Son, Fourth of July Creek, and The Kept come to mind as recent novels dealing with the darker ... Read more

8. Good Hunting: An American Spymaster's Story
Good Hunting: An American Spymaster's Story
by Jack Devine
3.8 out of 5 stars (151 customer reviews)
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June 3, 2014
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, June 2014: Meet Jack Devine. Something of a real-life George Smiley, he is a 30-year veteran of the CIA who, among a lot of things, ran Charlie Wilson's war against the Soviets in Afghanistan, knew a thing or two about the Iran-Contra ... Read more

9. No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State
No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State
by Glenn Greenwald
4.5 out of 5 stars (754 customer reviews)
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May 13, 2014
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, May 2014: In May of 2013, Edward Snowden, a young systems administrator contracting for the National Security Agency, fled the United States for Hong Kong, carrying with him thousands of classified documents outlining the staggering capabilities of the NSA.’s surveillance programs--including those ... Read more

10. The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky, and Death
The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky, and Death
by Colson Whitehead
3.0 out of 5 stars (121 customer reviews)
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May 6, 2014
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, May 2014: Every year, thousands of card players converge in Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker, all hauling varying levels of hope and skill with them into the southern Nevada desert. As a regular in a neighborhood game, Colson ... Read more

11. Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller's Tragic Quest for Primitive Art
Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller's Tragic Quest for Primitive Art
by Carl Hoffman
4.0 out of 5 stars (392 customer reviews)
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William Morrow
March 18, 2014
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, March 2014: “I think I can make it.” In 1961, while on an expedition to collect pieces for his father’s Museum of Primitive Art, Michael Rockefeller and his traveling companion were plunged into the warm waters off New Guinea. The billionaire scion ... Read more

12. Inside the Dream Palace: The Life and Times of New York's Legendary Chelsea Hotel
Inside the Dream Palace: The Life and Times of New York's Legendary Chelsea Hotel
by Sherill Tippins
4.1 out of 5 stars (75 customer reviews)
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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
December 3, 2013
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, December 2013: By the mid-nineteenth century, New York City was broke and divided, its coffers emptied by corrupt politicians and a vast chasm separating rich from the vast masses of the poor. Architect Philip Gengembre Hubert dreamed of reclaiming the city from ... Read more

13. Humans of New York
Humans of New York
by Brandon Stanton
4.8 out of 5 stars (2,032 customer reviews)
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October 15, 2013
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The Top 5 Humans of New York Brandon Stanton's thousands of not-quite-candid street portraits of New Yorkers (and accompanying captions, usually from the subjects themselves) have made his Humans of New York blog both poignant and extremely popular--as well as garnering him ... Read more

14. The Mushroom Hunters: On the Trail of an Underground America
The Mushroom Hunters: On the Trail of an Underground America
by Langdon Cook
4.5 out of 5 stars (131 customer reviews)
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September 10, 2013
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, September 2013: In your neighborhood grocery store sits a bin of nondescript white mushrooms, unthreatening and clearly-of-this-planet fungi that might have been plucked from the pages of Beatrix Potter tale. But for accomplished forager and outdoorsman Langdon Cook (Fat of ... Read more

15. Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson
Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson
by Jeff Guinn
4.4 out of 5 stars (423 customer reviews)
Out of Print--Limited Availability
Simon & Schuster
August 6, 2013
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, August 2013: For more than 40 years, Charles Manson has cast an awful shadow over the Age of Aquarius: an unrepentant murderer synonymous with psychopath in the American lexicon, impossible to ignore or forget. Accordingly, there’s no measuring the volume of ink ... Read more

16. I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined)
I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined)
by Chuck Klosterman
3.9 out of 5 stars (194 customer reviews)
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July 9, 2013
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, July 2013: Name one writer who could drop Eazy-E, Hitler, and Linda Tripp into the same conversation and spark neither rage nor derision. I count Chuck Klosterman and maybe no one else. But that's what his new collection does: I Wear the ... Read more

17. The Son (Pulitzer Prize in Letters: Fiction Finalists)
The Son (Pulitzer Prize in Letters: Fiction Finalists)
by Philipp Meyer
4.0 out of 5 stars (1,314 customer reviews)
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May 28, 2013
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, June 2013: In 1859, Eli McCullough, the 13-year-old son of Texas pioneers, is captured in a brutal Comanche raid on his family's homestead. First taken as a slave along with his less intrepid brother, Eli assimilates himself into Comanche culture, learning their ... Read more

18. Southern Cross the Dog: A Novel
Southern Cross the Dog: A Novel
by Bill Cheng
3.6 out of 5 stars (61 customer reviews)
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May 7, 2013
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, May 2013: Eight-year-old Robert Chatham has lost everything--friends, family, home--to the fast waters of the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927. He lights out across the country, a refugee seeking shelter with (and from) a Homer-esque cast of misfits, hucksters, and ne’er-do-wells: ... Read more

19. Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II
Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II
by Mitchell Zuckoff
4.4 out of 5 stars (771 customer reviews)
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April 23, 2013
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, April 2013: Talk about bad luck: In 1942, a United States cargo plane crash-landed while flying over Greenland, stranding the crew on sea of ice. A rescue flight was quickly dispatched--it crashed in a November storm, stranding its own nine crewmembers. The ... Read more

20. Between Man and Beast: An Unlikely Explorer, the Evolution Debates, and the African Adventure that Took the Victorian World by Storm
Between Man and Beast: An Unlikely Explorer, the Evolution Debates, and the African Adventure that Took the Victorian World by Storm
by Monte Reel
4.2 out of 5 stars (139 customer reviews)
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March 12, 2013
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, March 2013: When Paul Du Chaillu set out to bag the gorilla in the name of science (and as a shortcut to academic credibility), it was still the quasi-mythical njena of the Western imagination: a savage, bloodthirsty beast deep in the forests ... Read more

21. Vampires in the Lemon Grove: Stories
Vampires in the Lemon Grove: Stories
by Karen Russell
4.0 out of 5 stars (232 customer reviews)
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February 12, 2013
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, February 2013: Karen Russell's first two books (St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves and Swamplandia!) were triumphs of craft and imagination, heralding an exciting new voice in fiction. Her new story collection, Vampires in the Lemon Grove--eight strange tales that might ... Read more

22. Me and the Devil: A Novel
Me and the Devil: A Novel
by Nick Tosches
3.6 out of 5 stars (41 customer reviews)
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Little, Brown and Company
December 4, 2012
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, December 2012: Once upon a time--before heartthrob bloodsuckers sparkled in the sunlight of chaste daydreams--vampires meant sex and danger, blood and animal, Victorian taboo made unflesh, scratching at your windows in the small hours. In Me and the Devil, Nick Tosches doesn’t quite ... Read more

23. Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality
Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality
by Jacob Tomsky
3.8 out of 5 stars (898 customer reviews)
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November 20, 2012
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, November 2012: Always tip. If you can’t tip, be nice. And if you can’t manage either, you might be better off unwrapping a new toothbrush every day. That’s just one lesson to be learned from Jacob Tomsky’s gonzo account of his years as ... Read more

24. The Yellow Birds: A Novel
The Yellow Birds: A Novel
by Kevin Powers
4.0 out of 5 stars (808 customer reviews)
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September 11, 2012
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, Debut Spotlight, September 2012: With The Yellow Birds, Kevin Powers introduces himself as a writer of prodigious talent and ambition. The novel opens in 2004, when two soldiers, 21-year-old Bartle and the teenaged Murphy, meet in boot camp on the eve of their ... Read more

25. Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies
Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies
by Ben Macintyre
4.3 out of 5 stars (446 customer reviews)
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July 31, 2012
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, August 2012: What do a Polish pilot, a Peruvian party girl, and a Spanish chicken maven have in common? They were all central to the success of Operation Fortitude, the audacious ruse that kept Hitler guessing over the location of the D-Day invasions, ... Read more

26. The Long Walk: A Story of War and the Life That Follows
The Long Walk: A Story of War and the Life That Follows
by Brian Castner
4.5 out of 5 stars (140 customer reviews)
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July 10, 2012
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, July 2012: To those trained in Explosive Ordnance Disposal, the last-resort tactic for defusing bombs is known as the Long Walk: a soldier dealing with the device up close, alone, with no margin for error. The Long Walk is Brian Castner's tale of ... Read more

27. To the Last Breath: A Memoir of Going to Extremes
To the Last Breath: A Memoir of Going to Extremes
by Francis Slakey
3.7 out of 5 stars (44 customer reviews)
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May 8, 2012
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, May 2012: When Francis Slakey committed himself to climbing the highest peak on every continent and surfing every ocean, his aspirations were purely selfish: he was after both glory (nobody had done both before) and a worthy excuse to maintain the isolation ... Read more

28. The Cove: A Novel
The Cove: A Novel
by Ron Rash
4.1 out of 5 stars (260 customer reviews)
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November 6, 2012
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, April 2012: Hank and Laurel Shelton live in a lonely Appalachian valley, on the same broken homestead where their parents toiled and died years before. Locals shun Laurel for her witchy birthmark, and Hank struggles to maintain the farm without a hand he ... Read more

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About Jon Foro

Jon Foro A remorseless reader since age six when he ordered his first book (Hardy Boys 53: The Clue of the Hissing Serpent, with a coupon clipped from the back of a Cheerios box), Jon has spent almost 25 years in the book business, and over 15 years at Amazon.com. He enjoys ancient history, literary fiction, and adventure and nature writing, especially books about bears.

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